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US Limits Potential Ebola Travel to Just Five Airports

October 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've made a sustained effort to calm you down over Ebola. As the Internet will be more than happy to explain, more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died of Ebola. So as we move forward in this post, let's keep eventhing in perspective.

Have you heard, though, that all of the TSA stations in Cleveland International had to be disinfected inch by inch because an Ebola patient passed through just one of them on the way to Texas? It was simply a precaution of course - the literal actual quote from the agency's spokesman was that "it's nothing official" but rather just "something that our folks wanted to do" - but it happened and it brings up a good point. Ebola is spreading beyond West Africa partly because of air travel, and even the suggestion of Ebola is enough to bring anything its associated with to a grinding halt. So isn't Ebola eventually going to grind air travel to a halt?

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US Airports Begin Extra Health Checks for Ebola

October 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you realize it or not, international airports are screening for health issues of incoming passengers. Typically it's just trained officials eyeballing the stream of arriving passengers, sometimes with the help of temperature sensors, looking for any telling signs of deteriorating health before an unwell person passes through customs and out into the public.

Owing to the recent threat of Ebola, however, those checks are about to become more obvious, and more specialized, at least temporarily.

According to the NYT, five US airports will begin screening passengers arriving from West Africa with new procedures, including a contactless thermometer to test for fever, and a questionnaire to determine a person's risk.

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What's the Longest Route Flown by the 787 Dreamliner?

May 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we highlighted the shortest flights flown with a Dreamliner and, with its duration just at a tease at under 1 hour, we had to look at the other end of the spectrum and share the world's longest Dreamliner flight.

With so many advanced bells and whistles, this aircraft is in its element on long-haul routes, when there's plenty time to play with the self-tinting windows, self-closing toilet seats, and still catch some Zs in a quieter cabin. If you're looking spend a chunk of time sitting in one of the seats of these Boeings, look to book a flight from Washington-Dulles to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines, since they're running the longest flight on the 787 right now.

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It's No All-You-Can-Jet, But JetBlue's 'GoPack' is Back for 2014

February 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you awoke this morning, you probably didn't think you'd spend today considering buying flights in bulk. Alas, that's what you're about to do, as JetBlue announces that they're bringing back the GoPack concept to offer travelers discounts on tickets through buying many flights, all at once.

Options begin at $739 and range from 6- or 10-trip GoPacks between as near as Boston to DC, or as far as New York to Fort Lauderdale. Don't worry, California; JetBlue has you more than covered with your own GoPacks as well!

The GoPacks go on sale starting today through March 31 ("while supplies last") and here's how they work:

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Where to Find the Only Airport Locations of 'Starbucks Evenings'

January 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s one staple of the airport dining scene—besides Sbarro of course—it has to be Starbucks. The ubiquitous coffee shop is there when you need them, and of course they can supply you with everything from caffeine and cookies to macchiato and muffins.

Now things are getting even better, as the Starbucks Evenings concept has made its way to the airport. It’s just like Starbucks but with a little less coffee and a lot more food and wine. Here’s where to find the first couple of these locations during your next layover.

Los Angeles International Airport

The latest Starbucks Evenings location is part of the upgrades and improvements to the Tom Bradley International Terminal over at LAX . This one has been open since late last year, and it now gives the option for travelers to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer before their flight. As far as snacks are concerned they of course have those as well, as Chipotle Hummus Dip and Goat Cheese Flatbread are just a couple of the additions to the menu to help you further enjoy that adult beverage. Stop by before your next flight if you’re in the neighborhood of the South Concourse between Gates 157 and 156.

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British Airways Totally Thinks Philadelphia is Cool Enough for a 787 Dreamliner

December 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

As if the shiny British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner isn't cool enough with their service between Newark and London, new and especially exciting routes to more North American cities were just announced this morning.

Currently, British Airways only flies their 787s from Heathrow to Newark and Toronto. Beginning next year, however, two more lucky destinations will join the list: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from March 3, and Philadelphia International Airport from June 5.

To score a seat on the 787, you'll want to book flight numbers BA 191/190 for Austin, and BA 68/69 for Philadelphia on or after the start dates mentioned above.

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How to Get on Virgin Atlantic's Brand New VIP 'Guest List'

July 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

"You're on the list."

Unless they're referring to the TSA's No-Fly List, that little sentence may bring big things if you're flying Virgin Atlantic from one of the airline's seven destinations in the US or UK.

The "Guest List" program is now available (for a price) to all Virgin Atlantic travelers, sharing the perks once solely reserved for Upper Class flyers with those seated in Economy or Premium Economy. It's essentially a fast track to VIP treatment without having to pay the premium airfare of an Upper Class ticket, from only $384 per person or $544 per couple (traveling in the same car).

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The Wine-Friendly 'Starbucks Evenings' Concept Opens at the Airport

December 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago we heard about one of those special new Starbucks heading over to LAX—the kind of Sbux with the wine. While it will be a little bit more time before that sucker opens to the traveling public, in the interim we can take a flight over to Washington-Dulles International Airport because they just cut the ribbon on the very first airport location of Starbucks Evenings.

HMSHost—they’re the ones behind many of your favorite and not-so-favorite airport restaurants—partnered up with Starbucks for this spot at the airport. It’s kind of just like any other airport Starbucks in that they’ll still serve up lattes and frappuccinos, but there's a twist.

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Finally, Math Categorizes the Most Annoying TSA Checkpoints

December 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, the new Travel + Leisure survey of "Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints" is sort of kind of egregiously shameless link bait. Publishing top 10 lists on the Internet (or in this case top-14 lists) is basically cheating, up there with posting pictures of boobs and cats.

The only thing that's less subtle is putting in something that doesn't quite fit, so that people will argue about the list. Theoretically that's impossible to do on surveys, but that doesn't mean we can't still complain about the rankings. Can you believe they put Dulles TSA checkpoints as more annoying than the ones in Logan? Whoever thinks that's right has either never been to the airports or is an idiot or is a troll.

Also: well played, T+L.

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Design Under Your Derriere: The Eames 'Tandem Sling' Airport Chair

October 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Look at your chair right now. What is it made of? What's its shape? Is it comfortable? No matter your answers, there's a good chance that chair pales in comparison to one most commonly found in airports. Hear us out.

The strikingly modernist terminal building of Washington-Dulles International may have been designed by Eero Saarinen, but...those stylish rows of black chairs inside? Credit for these goes to Charles & Ray Eames. Perhaps you've heard their names before? They were, after all, behind other iconic furniture designs such as the DAR and No. 670, but without a doubt it's their "Tandem Sling" you'll likely encounter the most in your lifetime if you fly through US airports with any regularity.

Dulles, believe it or not, was the first airport engineered to accommodate jets. It opened in 1962, the same year the Eames' Tandem Sling was copyrighted, which isn't a coincidence; the Tandem Sling debuted with the airport, also counting the freshly built Chicago-O'Hare Airport as a client.

You'll still see (and sit on) these chairs at these airports today, not to mention the fact that many, many other airports followed suit. We snapped the photos below just a few days ago at Detroit-Metro, for example.

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Watch a Boeing 747-8 Wing Flex on Takeoff in This Awesome Video

Where: 1 Saarinen Circle [map], Sterling, VA, United States, 20166
July 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM | by | Comment (1)

You know we love a window seat and the awesome views it offers. But one of the best parts? Watching the super-flexible new wing of the Boeing 747-8 raise up on takeoff.

With a seat in Business Class on the lower level, right in front of the wing, we set our camera to HD video mode, propped it up against the new larger windows and enjoyed the view.

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The Day We Burst Into Tears at Washington-Dulles Airport

Where: 1 Saarinen Circle [map], Sterling, VA, United States, 20166
July 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever just started crying in an airport? Until this week, we'd have answered "no"—and even this week, it wasn't anything to do with our flight.

No, it was the sheer power of the blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt currently on display at Washington Dulles, and in particular this block, "Sewn with love by the flight attendants of Continental Airlines."

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